Experience life in the Sahara Desert on a 4-day desert safari from Marrakech. Travel the switchback roads of the High Atlas Mountains, go to Berber villages, cross the desert by camel, and explore the souks and Kasbahs of Ait Ben Haddou and Ouarzazate.
What to Expect
Discover the dramatic landscapes of Morocco on a 4-day tour, traveling across the High Atlas Mountains to the gateway to the Sahara Desert. Trek across the desert by camel, and spend the night at a desert camp. See Berber villages frozen in time, and much more.
Day 1: Marrakech - Tizi -n-Tichka - Ait Ben Haddou - Ouarzazate - Dades Valley
Following a pick-up from your hotel or riad in Marrakech, transfer to the Dades Gorges via the Tizi-n-Tichka Atlas Pass. Enjoy far-reaching views along the switchback turns and twists of the mountain road, including the Berber village of Telouet. Continue to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Ait Ben Haddou, and marvel at the Maghrebi fortifications of Ksour. Stop for lunch in Ait Ben Haddou or Ouarzazate, before going to the Dades Valley to spend the night in a hotel or riad by the Dades Gorges.
Day 2: Dades Gorges - Tenghir - Todra Gorges - Tinjdad - Erfoud - Merzouga
After breakfast at your hotel, leave the Dades Gorges for the sand dunes of Erg Chebbi and the small village of Merzouga. See Berber villages scattered along the way, as you pass through the settlements of Tinjdad, Jorf, and Erfoud. Experience the start of the Saharan oasis of Tafilalet. Continue to Merzouga to swap your 4WD vehicle for a camel. Ride into the desert on camel back, and spend the night at a nomadic Berber camp. Listen to traditional drumming in the wilderness of the Sahara Desert. Take photos of the sunset before you retire for the night in your nomadic tent.
Day 3: Merzouga - Berber Villages - Ouarzazate
Wake early to watch the sunrise. Then, ride your camel back to Merzouga after breakfast. Enjoy some free time to shower at the hotel, before transferring to Ouarzazate via the Berber villages of the Atlas Mountains. Arrive in Ouarzazate in the evening.
Day 4: Ouarzazate - Atlas Mountains - Marrakech
Continue your journey back to Marrakech, departing Ouarzazate in the morning. Stop at Ait Ben Haddou to explore its impressive Kasbah and well-preserved fortress. Discover location sites for Hollywood blockbusters such as “Gladiator.” Depart Ait Ben Haddou for the majestic Atlas Mountains. Cross the High Atlas Mountains via the highest road pass in Morocco. Enjoy impressive views of the valleys and mountains as you pass through Berber villages. Arrive in Marrakech in the evening.
- English-speaking driver/guide
- Return transfers to the airport
- Transportation by air-conditioned 4WD vehicle
- Camel ride
- Overnight stay in desert tent
- Half-board accommodation at an hotel (drinks not included)
What's Not Included
- Entrance tickets